Indigenous Bachelor of Social Work (IBSW)

The IBSW is a speciality degree that applies Indigenous knowledge and pedagogies to social work practice.

Program Details

As a member of the First Nations Adult and Higher Education Consortium (FNAHEC), Yellowhead Tribal College delivers an Indigenous Bachelor of Social Work degree that applies Indigenous knowledge and pedagogies to social work practice. Graduates of this program qualify for employment in all areas of social work provincially, nationally, and internationally. 

This program is accredited through the National Indigenous Accreditation Board (NIAB) and affirmed through an agreement with the Canadian Association for Social Work Education signed on October 25, 2019. 

Mode of Delivery

The YTC IBSW program is a full-time program delivered through the learning circle model. Courses are delivered Friday evenings from 5 pm - 9 pm and all day Saturdays from 8 am - 5 pm. This mode of delivery allows both employed and full-time funded students to complete the program within two years (20 months).

Program Admission Deadlines

Because the Indigenous Bachelor of Social Work is cohort-based, we admit a group of students only once every two years. The next intake is for Fall 2021. A second and final call for IBSW applications is open, with a closing date of JULY 15, 2021.

Please download and complete the IBSW Application Package and supply two references (one from a work or volunteer contact and one from aReference form Community-Education-Employment (Social Work).docx community, education, or employment contact) by July 15, 2021.

For further information on this program, please contact:

Admission requirements

All applicants must: 

  • Possess an accredited diploma in Social Work; a diploma in Indigenous Social Work is preferred. Applicants with a non-Indigenous Social Work Diploma must have a strong Indigenous foundation in their practice, or other non-social work courses or degrees. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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Courses offered in the Indigenous Bachelor of Social Work program: